Cherry blossom season has come to a close, and spring is fully underway. But that doesn’t mean that the snow is all gone—far from it! Now is the perfect time to enjoy snow walls and snowy valleys in Nagano’s highland areas.
Journey to a mile high winter wonderland while riding ropeways, cable cars and more along the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. Splendid mountain views and huge snow walls await you, as well as one of Japan’s largest, high-altitude dams. Read more about it all here.
Explore Norikura Highland at a more leisurely pace, just 2.5 hours by bus from Matsumoto city. In addition to snow walls and valleys, there are plenty of outdoor activities available like hiking, mountain biking and summer skiing.
Spring flowers are budding in Kamikochi as the snow slowly melts from the Northern Japanese Alps. Enjoy a variety of trekking trails that weave through woods of white birch and reflective rivers and ponds. See more about Kamikochi here.
The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route opened on April 16th, Norikura Highland’s snow walls open on April 23rd, and Kamikochi officially opens on April 27th (but unofficially open from April 15th).
For access to Norikura and Kamikochi, see Go! Nagano’s bus timetables pages. For Norikura’s snow walls, aim for the last stop, Daisekkei. You can read about access to the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route on its Go! Nagano page, or on their official website.